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These are good enough to satisfy any chocolate craving. There’s dark and then there’s white. Double the goodness double the richness. The mint in the white chocolate frosting cuts through the sweetness and adds that extra element of freshness and surprise. This was actually made at the spur of the moment, from leftovers actually. I had some extra molten chocolate cake mix lying in the fridge (had made molten cakes on Tuesday while entertaining some friends), and ½ a bar of white chocolate and the only fruit lying in the fridge. I was quite surprised how well the mint works in the white chocolate, and most of all how well the cream holds its shape with the white chocolate in it. It’s so hot around here in Ghana that I can never work with cream and meringues as they just don’t whip up to full consistency. Chocolate too, actually, it just melts off at room temperature. So I love the way this worked out. This recipe makes 3 mini cakes, and I ate them all … all by myself!!! I liked them so much I didn’t have the heart to share them. Now you can imagine how I must’ve been as a kid :p

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For the Chocolate cake

  • 25gms soft unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 175gms best dark chocolate – melted
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25gms plain flour

For the Frosting

  • 50gms best white chocolate – melted
  • 50 ml cream
  • Couple of leaves of fresh mint – chopped up.

For Garnish

  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Strawberries
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Preheat the oven to 200°C
Melt the chocolate and let it cool slightly. Cream together the butter and sugar, and gradually beat in the eggs and salt, then the vanilla. Now add the flour, and when all is smoothly combined scrape in the cooled chocolate, blending it to a smooth batter.Pour into the desired cupcake cases and bake for about 15 mins or till just about set. Don’t want to over bake them. Remove from oven and cool completely.

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For the frosting lightly whip up the cream and pour in the melted white chocolate. Whip together, till think and fold in the mint leaves. Return o fridge for 10 mins till nice and firm. Now put it in a piping bag and decorate the cakes with it. Garnish with berries.

Self Portrait
And this is me trying to have a little fun with the camera. A self portrait for Lara of Still Life With‘s SLW assignment for Feb – “Food n You. ” Had to be a shot of yourself with some food. So what better than with something i love most … CHOCOLATE !!!
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noreply@blogger.com (Mandy)

The cupcakes look so good. I suspect I would do just the same, if the cupcakes are lying in front of me now! That’s a great self portrait. 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (glamah16)

I love the self portrait. I thought it was Nigella in one of those sexy poses at first. And I dont blame you for eating your mini cakes all up. Gorgeous!Both you and the cakes.

noreply@blogger.com (Mishmash !)

The dessert as well as the ‘model” looks absolutely attractive 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Mona)

The cupcakes look so gorgeous! They are so beautifully decorated!!

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noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Mandy
glamah16
Shn
Mona
… thank you .. 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

It seems so effortless for you to crank out cakes! Gosh, I have been struggling to bake one 😛 You make even simple cake cups with fruit look amazing. I am jealous of all those people who get to go to dinner at your place!! And, that SLW shot was great…I don’t even want to know how effortless that was 😉

noreply@blogger.com (Stardust)

Hi Aapplemint,

My first visit to your blog and I love it instantly! Here’s asking for permission to add your blog to link. I hope that it’s fine. =)

Great self potrait you have there! Hmm… you must look really beautiful…

noreply@blogger.com (evolvingtastes)

Beautiful! The cupcakes as well as the pictures.

noreply@blogger.com (Cindy. Lo.)

It’s truly 2di4!

noreply@blogger.com (White On Rice Couple)

This is death by chocolate…you’re killing us here! As always,everything is beautiful, especially your kick butt self portrait! Now you must settle our debate over the chocolate bar you’re biting into: HE says the chocolate is filled with mint, She says the chocolate is filled with orange. Who wins?

noreply@blogger.com (daphne)

Love the idea of mint cream frosting with choc cupcakes. and that last photo showcasing the choc? Enticing.

noreply@blogger.com (Annemarie)

Gorgeous new pic of you Kajal, but it does help that you were the model to begin with. 🙂 Love the sound of these little cakes, and that you indulged yourself with them.

noreply@blogger.com (tigerfish)

Can I have dark chocolate for the frosting as well? Ok ok, I know it would not look pretty like yours.:p

noreply@blogger.com (The Culinary Chase)

Dark chocolate with fresh fruit topped with white chocolate icing…….my kind of dessert! Cheers!

noreply@blogger.com (nicisme)

I would die for one of those cakes!
Great self portrait – Save some chocolate for me!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Mo .. haha i know this may make me sound shameless, but this really was effortless. I was also quite shocked at how gorgeous this turned out though. The SP was fun too … effortless !!! hahahaha

Stardust … u are welcome to my space. I’m glad u liked my blog , and please feel free to link. I always love that ! And thank you … the portrait can be quite deceiving ..haha.

evolvingtastes … thanks

Cindy … hehe u agree dont you !

WORC … guy – wrong , gal – wrong .. its Tiramisu Lindt !!!:D
Now i need names please … i like to make it personal !!! and thanks the portrait turned out good.

daphne ..thanks

Annemarie … 🙂 thnx

tigerfish .. yes u can have one.

Heather , glad u like it !

nicisme …join the gang ..hehe … come quick i promise they’ll be around for too long.

noreply@blogger.com (Sylvia)

I love mint and chocolate combination , looks absolutely delicious and a elegant desert And I love the portrait idea , you looks fabulous on this

noreply@blogger.com (M&Ms...)

fabulous! The cupcakes and the self portrait! How did you create that pic of you eating the choc. really like it.

noreply@blogger.com (anya)

Kate, you might be responsible for an irresistible craving-for-chocolate-cupcakes attack I’ve just ‘suffered’!! *smiles* Your cupcakes are sooo divine!!! Ohh..

I really love your self-portait (have I said that yet? 😉

noreply@blogger.com (Zen Chef)

I thought it was Nigella too! Wow. That’s a kickbutt self-portrait. Me like. I vote for you replace her on TV. Hehe 🙂
And white chocolate/mint frosting on more chocolate goodness… Why do you have to torture us like this? I feel like I committed a sin by coming here today. Haha
🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Sylvia , welcome back from your holiday. Sure missed u around here. Thanks for the comment.

MnM … haha it was funny , i had to put the camera on self timer and run to my seat and pose !!! my hubby was having a good laugh 🙂

Anya … :p , well guess i have succeeded in my mission. And thank you so much … i know u said it twice now and it make me feel twice as nice !

Stephan … haha i would be really crappy on TV … for starters i don’t think i can flirt with the camera to save my life, and second i don’t have such a fancy vocabulary either !
Thanks once again for your forever flattering comments :p

noreply@blogger.com (addicted)

these look dynamite!

noreply@blogger.com (Peter G)

I think you look better than Nigella!…as for the cakes, I love the minty, white chocolate frosting..a great alternative.

noreply@blogger.com (Maryann)

That last photo is very cool 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Helene)

Wow! This looks really like To Die For. Yummy!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

addicted … thnx

Peter … oh thats very flattering .. thank you !!! i now my hubby would beg to differ , but i’m quite happy with this :p

Maryann .. thnx 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (JEP)

Amazing photos!

noreply@blogger.com (Brilynn)

I love that you’ve got mint in there too!

noreply@blogger.com (Kevin)

Those look so good! White chocolate frosting…mmm…

noreply@blogger.com (Lydia (The Perfect Pantry))

White chocolate frosting? Wow! These little cakes look delicious!

noreply@blogger.com (Tartelette)

Kate! That picture of you is just gorgeous…like you! I reckon you never got my package last year…dang…that makes it 3 the number of foodie packages lost to customs! May is not that far away and I am already thinking about another cake cross post! Are you game? The mini cakes are indeed to die for!!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Helene .. 🙂 thanks

JEP .. thank u

Brilynn .. it tastes really nice in there.

Kevin …thnx

Lydia …thnx

Helen … no i didn’t … and i had no clue … oh I’m so sorry. I hope u can sue those guys for the missing packages.
And ofcourse I’m game :p how can i miss your birthday.

noreply@blogger.com (Asha)

Chocolate, Strawberry, frosting and topped with Blueberries!! What are you trying to do to us lady?! ;D
I saw your post y’day, but got a call from son’s school that he is sick, I had to go and get him, didn’t have much time to blog.
Your photo looks absolutely gorgeous, you should model! REALLY!:)

noreply@blogger.com (mycookinghut)

wow.. looks absolutely delicious! I love those berries on the top!! By the way, I really find your self potrait nice!!! Very creative! Very well composed!

noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

I would have eaten them all myself as well!! And I love the self portrait – stunning!

noreply@blogger.com (Cakespy)

WOW…from the moment I saw these on Flickr, I could tell I’d be smitten. And I was not disappointed! Not only do they look so good, but you are adorable!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Asha … oye … sorry how is he ? Hope he’s alrite. And thank you so much … but i really dont think so :0

mycookinghut …. thank u very much 🙂

deborah … so i’m not the only one :p good to know ! thnx

cakespy …:) oh how sweet of u to say that ! thnx 😀

noreply@blogger.com (Coffee & Vanilla)

Kate,
Your chocolate cakes look delicious and pictures are beautiful!!

Margot

noreply@blogger.com (Miss Michelle)

Those little cakes look so rich and decadent. I need to bookmark these.

You look so pretty, what a great photo of yourself.

noreply@blogger.com (Rosa's Yummy Yums)

Those cupcakes look really beautiful! So pretty and dainty, wow!

Cheers,

Rosa

noreply@blogger.com (Mochachocolata Rita)

absolutely gorgeus!!!! love the self portrait, more please 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Margot … thank you

Miss Michelle …:) pls do , u wont be sorry.
And thanks !

Rosa …thnx

Rita ..hehe …next time :0

noreply@blogger.com (Mike of Mike's Table)

Those sound like some pretty amazing cupcakes–white chocolate, molten insides, berries–they look great! I also like the idea of spiking it with mint. That definitely seems like it would provide an interesting contrast to all of those flavors

noreply@blogger.com (Kelly-Jane)

They are so pretty =)

I made a white chocolate and mint mousse last month, and hubby declared it the best ever! You are so right the flavours just go perfectly.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Kelly- Jane ….wow white choc mousse with mint would’ve tasted so nice.

Mike …. it really does. Or else it all just too sweet n heavy.

noreply@blogger.com (JennDZ - The Leftover Queen)

WOW! Those are some gorgeous photographs! Nicely done!

noreply@blogger.com (Cenk)

Amazing photos as always. And a great portrait!

noreply@blogger.com (Swati: Sugarcraft India)

Wow..Kate…both look good!! Ha ha…The cake n u!!

noreply@blogger.com (The Food Traveller)

gorgeous dessert and the self portrait … well reminds me of the famous nigella but in her golden years!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Jenn … thnx

Cenk …thnx

Swati ..:) thank u

Francesco … i wonder why so many have said that ! haha its a compliment i know as shes gorgeous and bloody talented , but i know i look nothing like her ! Thanks .

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